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We asked Kerrie Horan from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:
A day for a Process Engineer at Intel can range from spending all day in what we call our 'bunny suits' or space suits as most people would recognise them as or a day of juggling meetings with working on long term projects that have a quality improvement for your product or have a cost saving for the factory. The key thing is to be adaptable, be organised and be able to communicate your plans clearly and concisely. You will be your own boss in many instances as an engineer and it is up to you to get the job done and do it well, while at the same time meeting goals and challenges that are set for the factory.
The great thing about a process engineer at Intel is that much or your work can be done remotely, which means you don't have to sit at your desk all day allowing you to get in to the machines and get stuck in. One should also be aware that you will be continuously learning in this sort of environment. Because our technology is so up to date we are always making changes to make this possible. Our products will range from mobile phone chips to top of the range computer chips so we need to be able to make changes to meet the demands of what the market is looking for.
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John Kehoe, Senior Manager - Audit
John Kehoe works as a Manager in the Audit Department in Deloitte. Having completed a Degree in Commerce and German and a Masters Degree in Accountancy, John accepted a training contract with Deloitte to study for Chartered Accountancy. He has recently been promoted to Manager level within the organisation.
Irish, English, Maths, German, Business, Accounting, Physics. German and Accounting influenced me the most; they were my main reasons for doing Commerce and German in college.
I liked accounting in college and school and I thought it was a natural progression then to train in an accounting practice.
Leaving Cert - 1999.
College degree – Commerce and German - 2003.
Masters Degree – Masters in Accounting - 2004.
Chartered Accountant - 2007.
The Institute and professional qualifications. These form the main basis for my day to day work.
A new course was advertised by the ICAI last month – A diploma in Forensic Accounting. It sounded interesting and I may well look into it over the summer. This is something that Deloitte are very supportive of. They provide sponsorship for courses relevant to my career development and this also includes study days around the exam periods.